Bathroom with plantation shutters

Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Honolulu

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you live, from Honolulu to the other side of the country, your space shares a need with every other house in the country: waterproof window treatments. No matter the style of your home, the climate outside, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms with moisture: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

Obviously, not all window treatments are created equal in regards to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into proficient each window treatment is at dealing with wetness and help you find which products are best for the spaces that experience the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture

Experienced Honolulu homeowners know that there are a number of materials that don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water can do to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with moisture, as it makes wood bloat and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Frequent water can also turn the natural pockets of the lumber into the perfect home for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should stay far away from moisture-heavy areas like the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t work great with water either. Though the harm to fabric won’t be as extensive or visible, long term and frequent contact with moisture can damage the weave of most fabrics, which can cause discoloration and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Honolulu kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not quite waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of long term damage when placed in damp rooms. This group of window treatments comprises just about anything labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the headache that homeowners might get whenever it gets too steamed up.

Alternative window treatments that can handle almost all wear from water are aluminum blinds. Although they don’t offer the same interior fashion appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They can be purchased in a wide range of colors, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. But blinds that feature cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-rich areas.

Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Honolulu bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off water, moisture, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Honolulu is happy to provide one of the small number of entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a special compound that is completely immune to the weakening effects of moisture, whether produced inside your house or from outdoors.

Not convinced? We can show you the lengths at which Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so sure of its longevity that every installation is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function superbly, with no problems.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Honolulu

If your home is in a rainy or coastal area, or if you need new window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Honolulu lend a hand by calling 808-797-2004 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive more ideas for those rooms and beyond, dive into our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every room in your Honolulu home!
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